Palo Verde Wash

4/5 (6 reviews)
Borrego Springs, California (Imperial County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022
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In the middle of the overland capital of the world, Anza Borrego, sits this great cut-through wash that allows you to dust off the 4x4's and let your hair blow in the wind. Many off-road enthusiasts use Palo Verde Wash as a connector from San Felipe Wash to the S22. Named after the green twigs on the trail, Palo Verde is a Spanish term for these small plants. Thus, when in the area, take a side trip down Palo Verde Wash to change things up.

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Trail Reviews

4/5 (6 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/02/2021

Open wash road with some really deep sand and no other concerns. Plenty of campsites along the trail....almost too many where you can't decide. Sunset was beautiful.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/01/2021

Just a quick note here . . . I live in Borrego Springs, just a few miles from Palo Verde Wash. Over the years, I've run it many times in my Subaru Outback AWD with no trouble. Lately, due to the lack of rain, much of the back country is a lot more plagued with deep sand. We also had a lot of rain last winter, which exposed more rocks. We ran this wash in our Rubicon a few weeks ago. We didn't have any difficulties, but now it would have been shaky in the Subaru.
Trail Review: Palo Verde Wash - Steven Forrest
Status: Open
Visited: 07/03/2020

Only ran the top half from point 4 to 6. It’s a wide ran. On one half there is a rock bed that 2WD can easily handle. The other side is deep loose sand had to use 4WD to get to the end. Clearance was never really an issue.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/06/2020

I think the rains have made the wash a little rougher. I couldn't imagine driving it at 50 mph like the previous review, but I guess anything is possible!
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/21/2019

The trail was sort of hard to follow after all the rain they had this winter. Make sure you have a GPX file to follow.

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